Past Events

A Celebration of RAND at 75

On November 9, 2023, approximately 250 RAND supporters and friends gathered in Santa Monica to celebrate RAND’s 75 years of research and analysis in service to the public good—and to explore ways that RAND can continue to make a positive difference in the world for the next 75 years.

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Confronting the Climate Crisis

On September 20, 2023, RAND climate experts Robert Lempert and Benjamin Preston discussed the progress to date on battling climate change, the key challenges that lie ahead, and the range of possible solutions. Anita Chandra, vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being, welcomed guests to the event, which was held at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC.

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RAND Alumni Association Reunion

On June 22, 2023, RAND alumni reconnected and reminisced at the annual RAND Alumni Association Reunion. Attendees were welcomed by RAA president Natalie Crawford and were encouraged by RAND archivist Cara McCormick to participate in a time capsule activity in honor of RAND’s 75th anniversary year.

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Haskins Lecture on Science Policy

On May 31, 2023, RAND welcomed University of Pennsylvania professors Philip Tetlock and Barbara Mellers to the Santa Monica headquarters campus to meet with students and staff and deliver the endowed Haskins Lecture on Science Policy.

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An Evening with Jason Matheny

On November 10, 2022, RAND hosted an event in Santa Monica for supporters and friends to meet Jason Matheny, RAND’s new president and CEO.

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Welcoming Jason Matheny

On October 7, 2022, RAND supporters and friends gathered in Washington, DC, for an evening with Jason Matheny, RAND’s new president and CEO.

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Recent Trends Among the Unsheltered in Los Angeles

In this remote conversation on May 18, 2022, RAND experts Jason Ward, Rick Garvey, and Sarah Hunter discussed their new report that shares findings from data collected among the unsheltered in Los Angeles neighborhoods including Hollywood, Skid Row, and Venice.

Honoring Michael D. Rich

On April 13, 2022, RAND hosted a special celebration in honor of president and CEO Michael Rich. Supporters, friends, and family members gathered at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica to pay tribute to Michael.

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Celebrating the Leadership of Michael D. Rich

On March 23, 2022, RAND supporters and friends gathered at the United States Institute of Peace to celebrate the leadership of Michael Rich, RAND’s president and CEO who is stepping down this year.

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Mitigating the National Security Risks of Truth Decay

On February 9 and 10, 2022, RAND supporters Roni Haggart and Chuck Work, and Barbara Zwick and Janus and Joe Greer, hosted events in Naples and Coral Gables, Florida. The events featured a discussion with RAND researcher Todd C. Helmus, who spoke about the national security risks of Truth Decay. Helmus highlighted recent foreign disinformation attacks against the United States, identified how the U.S. and social media companies have responded, and detailed critical vulnerabilities that remain.

Back to the RAND Future

RAND hosted a special gathering on November 11, 2021 for supporters of the RAND Legacy Society, a group of donors who have made planned gifts to benefit RAND, Pardee RAND, or both.

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A Conversation on Veterans Policy

RAND celebrated the launch of the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute with an event hosted by Michael Leiter, chair of the RAND Board of Trustees, and trustee Chuck Hagel. The event was held in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 2021, and featured a discussion on veterans policy issues with the institute’s directors and other special guests.

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America’s Response to Terrorism

For the past two decades, U.S. counterterrorism strategy has largely been focused on fighting terrorists abroad. But the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol laid bare the extremist threat at home, fueling momentum for new approaches to confront domestic terrorism. RAND hosted a conversation with Brian Michael Jenkins and Rajeev Ramchand in New York City on October 6, 2021, where they discussed the evolving terrorism threat.